February 21, 2011

Closer To The Sun

Change is such a funny thing.

Sometimes we hate change . . . but it can also be exciting.

Sometimes we get too comfortable in our current circumstances and start to think things will always be the same (guilty as charged) - oftentimes that can be a comfort, but it can also be drudgery. I think it's good to get outside of our comfort zones - how else will be know what we're capable of, or what God has for us if we are too afraid or complacent to step out of them? I am a fan of challenge and progression.

Unexpected change . . . life throwing you a curve ball . . . can be blessing in disguise.

I don't remember the first time I heard this quote, but it just came to mind:

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
-Charles Swindoll

It reminds me that there's a difference between reaction vs. action in life . . .

My natural reaction at times is to allow fear and my silly predictions of the future take control. On the opposite end of that, I can take action and choose to trust God with my future and choose to seek Him daily . . . I can do all that's within my power in my current circumstances and leave the rest to Him. And I can stop freaking out about the future.

Trust is a funny thing. When we choose to trust God, our worries start to melt and lose power over us. However, it is extraordinarily difficult. So often I try to rely on myself and I allow what I can see in the present dictate what I project will happen in the future.

And you know what I've discovered? God's plans are so much better than anything I could come up with on my own. Whenever I let go of my sense of control and let Him have the reins, I am always amazed at the outcome. (I guess He really does know what He's doing - why am I surprised?)

I laugh at myself for being so afraid to trust God. But I am perpetually guilty of withholding that trust . . . guilty of not believing that God will take care of me better than I could ever do on my own. Who I am kidding - if God is who He says He is, I have absolutely no excuse to not fully rely on Him with every breath and aspect of life.

Another action we can take is to be thankful. When you stop and realize all that God has given you in salvation it will blow your mind. Then add to that His provision over your life. It's too easy to focus on the things that we don't have and to compare ourselves to others. That's why it's so important to add thankfulness as a way to daily surrender.

Aaaaanyway, that's just my two cents for today. I was inspired by this devotion I've been working on and how important it is to make a daily choice to trust and be thankful. I have by no means mastered this, and I am more often a hot mess than anything else . . . and again I am just reminded of God's faithfulness throughout my crazy, ADD-esque life.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6-7

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . .
Ephesians 3:16-20

1 comment:

  1. amen! and i LOVE those verses. (they became my fb status.)


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